Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from March 12, 2008

Andy Burn-S off His Rivals
Byline: By IAN OLIVER ANDREW BURN (City of Newcastle) led the gold medal haul on the first weekend of the Northumberland and Durham Age Group Championships at Middlesborough. The 13-year-old has blossomed during this last year and won six titles....
Any Other Business
Byline: PETER YOUNG DAVID Cameron will be on Tyneside with most of the shadow cabinet to rally the troops at the Conservative Party spring forum at the Sage Gateshead this the weekend. Mr Cameron has pledged to battle for seats in the Northern...
A Thriller as Ace Wilson Is Beaten
IN AN exciting Planet Snooker Premier match held at High Howdon SC, David Lilley had to pull out all the stops before scraping past local ace Gary Wilson 4-3. After losing the first two frames 92-0, 89-0 to breaks of 20-22-40, 85, Wilson's first...
Badminton: Bows of Holly after Starlet's Open Triumph; BADMINTON SPECIAL
THE North East Under-17 Open Championships attracted 53 players from nine counties to Gateshead Leisure Centre - plus a Scottish contingent. Events were played at silver and bronze levels - and it was at the latter level which players from the region...
Basketball: My Old Side Will Win Title; Former Coach Backs Eagles
Byline: By PAUL NILSEN SHEFFIELD Sharks coach Pete Scantlebury has tipped his former club to win the BBL league title ahead of his side's visit to Tyneside tonight. The ex-Newcastle forward is expecting a tough ride for his struggling team, with...
Basketball: Team Northumbria's Girls Can Do No Rhon
TEAM Northumbria secured third place in Women's National League Division One after defeating top-of-the-table Rhondda 89-75 in their last game of the season,. Northumbria opened the scoring from the tip-off, guard Jaye Colbert scoring a lay-up before...
BATTLE OF THE BANDS; Evening Chronicle Competition
UNSIGNED bands and artists from the North East are being given the chance to win a week of studio recording time with the Evening Chronicle's Battle of the Bands 2008! The event is open to bands and artists from across the region and the winner...
Blayd Runners Face the Final Reckoning
Byline: By LEE RYDER BLAYDON Cricket Club are bidding to retain their title at Lord's in the National Indoor Finals - after booking their place in the sparkling showpiece for the second year running. Last year Blaydon beat Kent outfit Broadstairs...
Chef Takes the Biscuit; 27-YEAR-OLD SURVIVED ON DIET OF CUSTARD CREAMS AND DIGESTIVES
Byline: By KERRY WOOD OH CRUMBS - a lifelong biscuit addiction left head chef Andrew Forster unable to eat his own food. While customers tucked into his dishes, the talented 27-year-old lived off Blue Riband, Rich Tea and Club biscuits as his...
Cricket: It's Wellington Boot for Harmy
ENGLAND have reacted to their humiliating opening defeat against New Zealand by ruthlessly dropping Ashes heroes Steve Harmison and Matthew Hoggard for the second Test in Wellington. Having suffered a 189-run first-Test defeat in Hamilton, the tourists...
Cup High on Shock Scorelines; Schools Football
THE Under-12 Wilkes County Cup has been as unpredictable as the FA Cup this season. This competition is usually dominated by the high schools - but this season the middle schools have been on top. Only one high school has reached the semis this...
Demolition Moves a Step Nearer; Contractor Takes over Part of Site
Byline: By JOHN SUTTON HOMES in a rundown area are a step closer to being demolished, despite opposition from some families. Former residents of Armstrong Street and Macadam Street in Bensham, Gateshead, were on hand to see demolition contractor...
Did the Chief Constable Take His Own Life? Suspected Suicide Link to Mountain Death
Byline: By BILL PETERS FAMILY, friends and colleagues of Chief Constable Michael Todd will confront the mystery surrounding his death today as his body is formally identified. The head of the Manchester force was found dead at the bottom of a...
Dog Owner Is Banned; Woman Let Pet Suffer from Flea Allergy without Treatment
Byline: By TOM MULLEN A WOMAN who left her dog in fleainfested squalor has been banned from keeping animals. Eileen Proud left Bella, a Staffordshire bull terrier, suffering from a flea allergy with no treatment for almost a month. RSPCA inspectors...
Drinkers Hit by Darling's Budget; Children to Benefit but Booze Tax Hiked
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor CHANCELLOR Alistair Darling today delivered some relief for hard-pressed motorists - but he hit drinkers and smokers hard. He delayed plans to put up the price of petrol but announced above-inflation increases...
Durham Boosted by Fresh Onions
DURHAM'S Gateshead-born seamer Graeme Onions has remodelled his bowling action - and believes he is the man to step into the huge void left by Ottis Gibson's retirement. Gibson, now one of England's bowling coaches, took 80 LV Championship wickets...
Everything Must Go! College Building Auctions Its Contents to Make Way for New
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS FEATURING the weird and the wonderful, a Tyneside auction is in a class of its own. More than 6,000 items from the former Gateshead College go under the hammer today. From microwaves and filing cabinets to fans, the...
Families Ordered to Clear Grave Trinkets; Health and Safety Concerns
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter GRAVESIDE trinkets are being banned amid claims they pose a health and safety risk. Furious families have been told they are only allowed to decorate a nine-inch space around their lost loved ones' headstones...
Feeling on Top of the World; Young Reviewer CHRIS CONWAY Lets His Feelings Known about the Feeling, Who Played at the Carling Academy in Newcastle Last Night
Byline: CHRIS CONWAY AFTER being hyped by Kiefer Sutherland during the Princess Diana Memorial Concert last year, I knew that seeing The Feeling perform live would be a great opportunity to see a very special band - and I certainly wasn't disappointed....
Film Trailer Is Different from All the Rest; STUDENT ON THE ROAD TO SUCCESS WITH PREMIER IN CARAVAN
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter CINEMA buffs are set to see a trailer with a difference - literally. Star student Adam Hogarth is having his short film showcased in what is thought to be the world's smallest picture house - a 1970s-style...
Fond Farewell to the Smiling Bishop; CLERGYMEN FROM ACROSS THE UK PAY THEIR RESPECTS
Byline: By LIZ WALKER HUNDREDS of mourners gathered to say their last farewell to their "Smiling Bishop". The sun shone down on the faithful through the stained glass windows of St Mary's Cathedral in Newcastle as the funeral took place of the...
Football: Bogie Loses Striker for Crunch Match
Byline: By JEFFBOWRON GATESHEAD are likely to be without former England Youth and non-league inter-striker Paul for tonight's UniBond Premier Division title crunch against leaders Witton Albion. Brayson, signed recently from York City and suspended...
Football: Edwards Return Comes at Just the White Time
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER CARLOS EDWARDS is set to make his comeback from a broken leg tonight - with Sunderland skipper Dean Whitehead claiming the winger could still have a big impact on the Black Cats' season. Edwards is expected to play for...
Football: Italian Job Is Done by Torres
FERNANDO TORRES scored the only goal as Liverpool beat Serie A leaders Inter Milan in their own back yard to ensure Rafael Benitez's side became the fourth English team in the last eight of the Champions League. The on-form Spanish striker took...
Football: Kevin: We'll Achieve Our Survival Goal
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer KEVIN KEEGAN is convinced that Newcastle United will stay in the Premier League - and insists he is not too worried that their poor goal difference might drag them down. Saturday's 3-0 defeat by Liverpool...
Football: 'Show Passion' Plea to United
Byline: By LEE RYDER STEVEN TAYLOR has urged Newcastle United to "show some passion" in the final nine Premier League games of the season. The Geordie defender is well aware United's top-flight place is under serious threat as the season hits...
Football: Southgate Sets His Players a Challenge
MIDDLESBROUGH boss Gareth Southgate has challenged his players to swallow their FA Cup disappointment and make their season a success. The Teessiders saw their hopes of lifting the famous trophy for the first time go up in smoke on Sunday when Coca-Cola...
Football: Toon Paying High Price for Bad Buys: Lee; KK Must Halt Trend to Sign Over-Rated, Over-Valued Under-Performers
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE United icon Rob Lee feels his old club's place in the Premier League has never been so under threat as it is at the moment. Lee was one of the key players under Kevin Keegan back in 1993 as they romped to the First...
Football: VIDUKA BACK IN FRAME; Striker in Line for Toon Return
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer MARK VIDUKA is finally ready to join Newcastle United's relegation battle. The 32-year-old striker returned to training on Monday after a troublesome calf injury. And unless he has another setback...
Full Marks for Green Effort; Eco-Friendly Store Opens
Byline: By SONIA SHARMA IS THIS the greenest supermarket in the country? Marks & Spencer opens its new store at the Silverlink Retail Park in North Tyneside today. And it boasts the ultimate in green thinking. From self-closing taps...
Heddon Blown out in Their Bid for Honours; Wade Associates Northern Alliance Premier Division
SECOND-PLACED Heddon were relishing the opportunity to replace Walker Central in pole position - but were left disappointed. While Walker were lying idle for the second successive Saturday, Heddon's game at Blyth Town was postponed. It was called...
Heron the Hero as Tigers Tame Coast; Datastor Killingworth Mini League
CITY Under-10 Winter League leaders KYPC Tigers defeated second-placed Coast Soccer 2-1 to take a giant stride towards the title. In doing so they maintained their 100% record for the season. Midway through the first half a terrific 25-yard strike...
Horse Racing: Drever Driving for a Famous Third Victory
NEWCASTLE businessman Graham Wylie hailed Inglis Drever as "a class apart" ahead of his bid to make history by winning a third Ladbrokes World Hurdle title tomorrow. Crook-based trainer Howard Johnson's nine-year-old lowered the colours of the great...
Horse Racing: High Winds Blow Away Cheltenham
TODAY'S meeting at the Cheltenham Festival was abandoned due to high winds. Officials made the shock announcement after another morning of intense gusts at Prestbury Park. All six races due to take place today will be staged tomorrow and Friday....
Hot Property; Ex-Fire Station for Sale at Bargain Price to Right Developer
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor A RECORDING studio, sports hall or mosque - these are just some ideas for a former Tyneside fire station up for grabs at a knock-down price. Would-be developers have come forward with a wide range of suggestions...
Hurst Display Is a Real Philip!
Byline: By BILL MCGUIRK NORTH East athletes returned home without medals from the English Schools' Cross-Country Championships in Sefton Park, Liverpool. However, there were still notable performances on Merseyside, with Gateshead College's Phil...
Ice Hockey: Vipers Ready for Anything in Play-Off Clash
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE Vipers head coach Rob Wilson says that his side must take nothing for granted when it comes to the identity of their play-off opponents. With Vipers locked in fifth place and likely to earn a top-five slot in the...
I Just Had to Get Him out of There; PASSER-BY RESCUES PENSIONER FROM BURNING HOME
Byline: By KERRY WOOD HAVE-A-GO hero Andrew Calvert risked his life to save a stranger unable to escape his burning home. An asthma sufferer, Andrew didn't think twice before dashing into the smoke-logged front room of the pensioner's home. ...
JEALOUS EX'S KNIFE ATTACK ON LOVE RIVAL; Dad Jailed for Stabbing
Byline: By ROB KENNEDY A JEALOUS dad launched a frenzied knife attack on his ex-partner's new lover. Dean Hendry first broke into Danielle Monkhouse's home and spread yoghurt over her bed and stole pictures of their daughter. When she rang...
Jobs Boost at Nissan Car Plant; Firm Wants 128 Workers
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN CAR giant Nissan is set to create more jobs as their Qashqai model goes from strength to strength. The company, which employs 4,200 people at its Washington factory, says it is recruiting another 128 workers following...
Killi in Double Victory Booster; Division Two
KILLNGWORTH YPC are still six points clear of Cullercoats at the head of the table as both title contenders won again. Killy completed yet another league double by beating visitors Wallsend Boys' Club 3-0 with goals for Paul Dunn (2) and Chris Bowman....
Leading the Fight against IRA Blasts; Police Commander's Remarkable Career Serving Scotland Yard
Byline: RAY MARSHALL IT was an early December evening and a report came in of a bomb rocking Marylebone in central London. There were no sign of casualties but it looked as if the IRA had struck again. That blast became a prelude to near-disaster...
Lighthouse to Shine Again; Landmark and Visitor Centre in Line for a Pounds 1m Makeover
Byline: By SONIA SHARMA A RUN-DOWN seaside landmark could soon be pulling in the crowds again. Council bosses hope to give St Mary's Lighthouse in Whitley Bay a million-pound facelift to boost tourism. Under plans drawn up by North Tyneside...
Man in Court over Attack
A MAN arrested in an armed police swoop has been charged over a savage attack. Suspect Neil Barratt, 41, was stopped in his black N-reg Mercedes on the A696 near Kingston Park, Newcastle, on Monday afternoon. He was ordered out with his hands...
Miners Win Legal Fight for Payouts; LONG-RUNNING FIGHT FOR COMPENSATION COMES TO AN END
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN Industrial Reporter MINERS today reacted with delight at the news they are finally set to receive thousands in compensation after years of legal wrangling. Hundreds of miners made redundant at Ellington Colliery, near...
Motor Racing: Canada Win Was Highlight: Lewis
LEWIS Hamilton admitted he did not even expect to win a race in his debut season in Formula One after revealing victory at the Canadian Grand Prix was the highlight of his impressive 2007 campaign. Hamilton took the chequered flag four times last...
Murton Defeat Is A Real Shock; Division One
AFTER a poor start to their campaign, there has been a new dawn for Whitley Bay A. The Sea siders have just won eight league games on the trot - and last weekend put paid to the unbeaten record of current leaders Murton at Hillheads. In a 2-1...
MY TIME IN AFRICA; Shearer's Moving Account on Plight of Aids Victims
Byline: By ADAM JUPP NEWCASTLE United legend Alan Shearer has given a moving account of his trip to visit African Aids victims. The former Magpies captain travelled to the slums of Kamotcha, Uganda, with a team from BBC's Sport Relief, where...
New Car Drives Up Employment; Nissan to Recruit Staff for Axle Shop
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN CAR giant Nissan is set to create more jobs as their Qashqai model goes from strength to strength. The company, which already employs 4,200 people at its Washington factory, says it is recruiting 128 workers following...
Nicholls over the Moon with Success
WITHOUT a game last week and with only one match of the season left to play, Clayton SC (86) squad laid claim to the Ashington Chisholm & Scottish Breweries League Championship title following disappointing results by their two nearest rivals....
No Shocks in Ryanair Clash
MOSSBANK and Our Vic head a final field of 11 for tomorrow's Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. The pair, trained by Michael Hourigan and David Pipe respectively, are the general first and second favourites for the two-mile-five-furlong heat,...
Phantom Showing Scares off Vipers
NEWCASTLE Lady Vipers went down 6-2 at home to unbeaten league leaders Slough Phantoms in the Women's Premier League at Newcastle Arena. Phantoms went ahead after 15 minutes, but a little over a minute later Lady Vipers were on level terms. Kirsten...
Rapist Loses Bid to Cut Jail Term; Man Kidnapped Terrified Victim
Byline: By HELEN RAE A WAR veteran who raped a woman before tying her up, gagging her and putting her in the boot of his car has lost his appeal. Christopher Edwards, 52, of Beal Close, Blyth, who served with the Royal Navy in both the Falklands...
Reunited
Byline: JOAN PHILLIPS I WONDER if anyone could help me? I am trying to find out about a Winchcombe family who lived at 178 Walker Road in Byker. I know that later on a family called Kennedy lived there, but I never met them. I would like to...
Rugby Union: Ashton Decision Is a Disgrace, Blasts Thommo
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL DAVE THOMPSON has branded Brian Ashton a 'disgrace' for his treatment of Jonny Wilkinson. Newcastle Falcons chairman Thompson was appalled to learn the world-record Test points-scorer was the only casualty of Saturday's...
Rugby Union: Falcons Border on the Terrific!
NEWCASTLE Falcons' Under-16s enjoyed a comfortable 31-12 victory over Scottish Borders on Sunday. The Borders started strongly, forcing Newcastle to repel their rolling maul in what turned out to be a free-flowing and open encounter, helped by the...
Rugby Union: Jonny Is Staying Positive
JONNY WILKINSON has put a positive slant on being dropped by England, despite appearing to have been made a scapegoat for the defeat by Scotland. Danny Cipriani replaces Wilkinson at fly half for this weekend's final RBS 6 Nations game against Ireland,...
Rugby Union: Time to Get Tough, Says Falcons Chief; It's Too Cosy Here, Admits Thompson
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL DAVE THOMPSON reckons Newcastle Falcons cannot make the Guinness Premiership top six this season - because of an all-too cosy club atmosphere. Falcons chairman Thompson believes his relaxed attitude has rubbed off on management...
Sacking Is Ruled Unfair; RAIL POLICE CRITICISED
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG A SACKED police whistleblower who accused his boss of pocketing skull fragments from a fatal rail accident paid the price of grassing on a colleague. Former British Transport Police officer Tom Lake was dismissed in...
Serial Pub Raider Is Sent to Prison; 26-Year-Old Thieved to Fund His Drug Habit
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG A DRUG addict who relentlessly raided pubs and hotels in Newcastle has been jailed. Anthony Robson, of Rubens Avenue, South Shields, was sentenced to 10 months by Newcastle magistrates after stealing from licensed premises...
Three of the Best for You; MATTHEW TUMBRIDGE Looks at Three Attractive Small Cars Worth Considering as Used Buys
Whenever sit down to write this column, I rack my brain, trying to think of three interesting and worthy used cars. Cars that are overlooked and under-priced - bargains just waiting to be picked up by you, the shrewd reader. But looking at Used...
Vent Your Spleen
REGARDING the young car thief who was photographed recently in the Evening Chronicle, I note the police spokesman said: "I hope this sends a message out that we are staging these operations and we will crack down on car criminals in the area." Well,...
VILE; Families Speak of Their Disgust at Widespread Racist Graffiti Attacks
Byline: By SONIA SHARMA FAMILIES have told of their disgust after racist graffiti was daubed on their homes. People in several streets in South Shields woke up to find racist marks scrawled over their back doors. The letters NF, standing for...
Winners West Making Murray; Wearside League
HARTON and Westoe were involved in an eight-goal clash with Willington. Despite twice trailing by two goals, they emerged 5-3 winners. Their hero was John Murray, who scored a secondhalf hat-trick after John Gage and John Smith had earlier found...
Working for Yourself Is Hard but Can Be the Most Rewarding of Jobs; Computer Firm Boss's Rallying Call to Others If We Can You Can Challenge
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN SAGE boss Paul Walker says he would like to see more people in the North East starting their own businesses. Mr Walker, who joined the computer software company in 1984, said the North East has fewer people starting...
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